We heard about Samsung’s Gear S2 classic and its e-SIM functionality earlier today, and just hours later it looks like some more information is being released. The new cellular variant of the Gear S2 classic will be coming to AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon on Friday, March 11th.
As stated above, this variant will have an embedded e-Sim. A programmable sim card isn’t exactly a brand new concept, but the this variant of the Gear S2 is unique in that it will be the first device to hit the market with the GSMA’s new embedded e-SIM specification. This new type of internal and programmable sim card makes for a seamless transition between the carriers, mentioned above, that support it. At this point Sprint does not support the new standard, so those of you, like me, on the Sprint network are out of luck, for now.
For those of you who need a quick refresh on the product specs, the Gear S2 classic comes with a 1.2-inch circular AMOLED display, a dual-core 1GHz processor, and runs Samsung’s home-brewed Tizen software. It also comes with 4GB of internal storage and 512MB of memory, along with that nice new e-Sim.
Unfortunately, the press release didn’t state what the price of this shiny new Samsung watch will be; it looks like Samsung is leaving that up to the carriers who will be selling it. So hang tight until March 11th, and as soon as we get an update on the price we will be sure to update you!
RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Beginning Friday, March 11, the Samsung Gear S2 classic 3G/4G (black) will be available on select major wireless networks. Utilizing connected** functionality consumers will have the ability to call, text, email and receive notifications directly from their watch, even without their phone***. The Gear S2 classic 3G/4G features a fashionable leather band and a unique rotating-bezel design – giving consumers a quick, precise way to navigate through their notifications, apps and widgets.
“By bringing together fashionable design and connected functionality, this smartwatch gives consumers the freedom to leave their phones behind while enjoying a stylish, classic design,” said Gary Riding, senior vice president, product marketing at Samsung Electronics America.
The Gear S2 classic 3G/4G will be available at AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon. Wireless providers will confirm pricing and availability. The addition of the 3G/4G connected Gear S2 classic models provides users with an even wider choice of award-winning Samsung smartwatches. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.
Gear S2 classic 3G/4G* Product Specifications:
Display 1.2”, Circular Super AMOLED, 360×360, 302ppi AP Dual core 1.0 GHz OS Tizen based wearable platform Audio Codec: MP3/AAC/AAC+/eAAC+
Format: MP3, M4A, AAC, OGG
Memory Storage: 4GB Internal Memory / RAM: 512MB**** Features Communications: Contacts, Notifications, Messages, Email, Preset text, Voice Input, Emoticons, Keypads Health & Fitness: S Health, Nike+ Running Information: Schedule, News, Maps & Navigation, Weather Media: Music Player, Gallery Others: Voice, Voice Memo, Find My Device, Power Saving Mode, Safety assistance, Privacy lock IP68 Certified Dust and Water Resistant Samsung Services Samsung Gear Apps Connectivity Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n/e
Sensor Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate, Ambient Light, Barometer***** Dimension 44.0 x 46.9 x 13.4 (54g) Battery Wireless Charging
Typical Usage 2~3days******
Specifications subject to change based on carrier
*Gear S2 4G connectivity refers to the use of HSPA+ voice and data networks.
**Samsung Gear S2 is a companion device for compatible Android smartphones, sold separately. Network coverage not available everywhere and requires a qualifying wireless plan. Consult your carrier for details.
***Initial pairing with compatible phone required. Standalone capability functions limited if paired device is not powered on and connected to carrier network.
**** Portion of memory occupied by existing content.
*****This device, S Health, and related software is not intended for use in the diagnosis of disease or other conditions, or in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease.
****** Battery performance may vary depending on network conditions and configuration, and device usage.